Low Child to Caregiver Ratios

Wonderful Leaders

"The leaders that we have had at Summit have been nothing short of amazing, especially this year. Mr. James and Miss. Olivia have been outstanding and we will miss them desperately. We are sorry that your program is not in our school, St. Cyril. And I just really wanted to communicate that you about how awesome everyone has been and that those leaders you got are gems."

Angela C.
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2016-11-25T11:25:22+00:00
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“The leaders that we have had at Summit have been nothing short of amazing, especially this year. Mr. James and Miss. Olivia have been outstanding and we will miss them desperately. We are sorry that your program is not in our school, St. Cyril. And I just really wanted to communicate that you about how awesome everyone has been and […]

Kind & Caring

Both of my children attend Summit Kids at the Terrace Road School. Ms. Jess and Ms. Jodi have been absolutely fabulous. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and care. You are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic employees. They truly deserve to be recognized for their hard work and the positive ways in which they represent Summit Kids.

Thank you

Amie L.
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2016-11-25T11:31:20+00:00
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Both of my children attend Summit Kids at the Terrace Road School. Ms. Jess and Ms. Jodi have been absolutely fabulous. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and care. You are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic employees. They truly deserve to be recognized for their hard work and the positive ways in which they represent […]

Professional & Friendly

"Mr. James and his team do an excellent job and the kids are happy.

They're very well organized and their programming is always interesting and varied.

Not only do they really care about the children, but Mr. James and his staff are always professional and friendly with parents."


Sean F.
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2016-11-25T11:41:05+00:00
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“Mr. James and his team do an excellent job and the kids are happy. They’re very well organized and their programming is always interesting and varied. Not only do they really care about the children, but Mr. James and his staff are always professional and friendly with parents.” Sean F.

Caring & Attentive About Their Families

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 

It feels like you guys really pay attention and care about your families and I really appreciate it.

Keep it up, its so refreshing to find this kind of care and attention in service these days!!!  You knocked my socks off!!"

 

Cori W.
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2016-11-25T11:56:59+00:00
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“Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!  It feels like you guys really pay attention and care about your families and I really appreciate it. Keep it up, its so refreshing to find this kind of care and attention in service these days!!!  You knocked my socks off!!”   Cori W.

Excellent Care

Our family loves Chestermere Summit Start, we couldn't be happier with the care they receive. The caregivers are friendly, helpful and truly care about the kids. The staff listens and adapts to the needs of your individual child to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Both our kids are learning so much and have created some wonderful relationships with not only other children but more importantly the staff as well. Thank you Chestermere Summit Start for providing excellent care to our children as well as a place we can feel comfortable and confident in the care our children receive. We would recommend Chestermere Summit Start to anyone looking for excellent childcare.
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Lindsay L.

2018-04-02T11:03:45+00:00

Lindsay L.

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Our family loves Chestermere Summit Start, we couldn’t be happier with the care they receive. The caregivers are friendly, helpful and truly care about the kids. The staff listens and adapts to the needs of your individual child to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Both our kids are learning so much and have created some wonderful […]

Low child-to-caregiver ratios translate to better care

Society for Research in Child Development

The first-ever experimental study of the impact of child-to-caregiver ratios in day care centers found that reducing the ratio from five children for every caregiver to three children for every caregiver significantly improved the quality of the caregiver-child interaction, particularly for infants.

The results are published in the July/August issue of the Child Development journal.

Researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands observed 217 caregivers from 64 child care centers that served children from infancy to 4 years. The researchers watched two play episodes between the caregiver and children: one with a group of three children and one with a group of five children, all randomly selected from the caregiver’s regular care group.

Caregivers in the smaller groups provided more emotional support and treated the children with more respect. Additionally, the children themselves cooperated better with the caregiver. When the researchers applied their observations only to infants, they found caregivers playing with three infants provided better structure, limits and a higher quality instruction while expressing less irritation and anger towards the babies than those playing with five. Additionally, the infants exhibited higher levels of well-being in the smaller groups.

To see whether the caregivers’ behavior during the play episodes was consistent with their behavior in natural situations, the researchers observed the caregivers throughout the rest of the morning and during lunch, confirming that the caregivers’ behavior during the experiment reflected their “everyday” behavior towards the children.

“Although the differences in the quality of the caregiver-child interactions for ratios of 3:1 versus 5:1 were relatively small, they may nevertheless be psychologically meaningful,” said lead author Elles J. de Schipper, MA., “marking the difference between adequate versus inadequate care for substantial numbers of children.”

Currently, professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association recommend child-caregiver ratios of 3:1 for children from birth to 12 months, 4:1 for children from 13 to 30 months, 5:1 for children from 31 to 35 months, 7:1 for 3-year-olds, and 8:1 for 4-year-olds.

“Our findings show how critical it is to recognize the importance of child-caregiver ratios in determining the quality of professional child care,” said Ms. de Schipper. However, she warned, “generalizing our findings to other countries, with a different child care quality and context, has to be treated with caution.”